Sweet Spring is finally here! The only downside is the struggle with seasonal allergies which plague so many of us due to the budding trees and pollen in the air. One of the best things you can do to stave off and help relieve those seasonal allergies is to stay hydrated.
Those itchy eyes, the runny nose and sneezing that make us miserable are due to a natural product of our endocrine system. Histamine is actually our friend and is there to help defend against and get rid of pollutants, viruses, bacteria and pollen. However, dehydration can throw histamine out of balance and cause elevated levels. As a neurotransmitter, the primary role of histamine is to regulate thirst and the body’s water supply. When dehydrated, histamine production kicks in to preserve the water remaining in the body. It plays a role in the contractions of bronchial muscles and tries to restrict water loss by constricting the bronchioles which can lead to asthmatic symptoms. Increased histamines, out of control and trying to push out perceived threats, make us miserable with the sniffles, watering, sneezing and itchiness.
By staying well hydrated, you can help keep histamine production in check and flush out the irritants in your system. Proper hydration helps to thin mucus in the nasal passages and encourage sinus drainage. Sinus congestion leads to dry mouth and going for extended periods without protective saliva increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, another great reason to reach for more water.
Increasing the amount of water you drink is a big part of minimizing seasonal allergies. Adding a packet of re:iimmune to that glass of water adds balancing electrolytes which help the body retain water. It also contains the amino acid L-Glutamine which aids in hydration by assisting cells to absorb water quicker and helps to rebuild healthy tissue in your intestinal wall. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol and other known diuretics is also a good idea. How much water should you drink? Eight glasses a day is the standard response but another way of thinking of it is based on your body weight. Divide your weight in half and that will give you the number of ounces of water you should be drinking each day to maintain proper hydration.